On pace for glory: Part 2
|Chrsitopher Higgins is poised to join the Canadiens' crowded 50-point club.|
Night and day: Sitting two points back of the Penguins for top spot in the Eastern Conference with three games left, the Canadiens are trying to become only the fifth team to snag a No. 1 seed after having missed the playoffs since the NHL shifted to a conference seeding system in 1993-94. The Dallas Stars (2002-03), Boston Bruins (2001-02), New Jersey Devils (1996-97) and Quebec Nordiques (1994-95) were the first four teams to manage the feat.
Offense anyone?: With 248 goals scored as a team, the Canadiens trail only the Senators, who lead the league with 249 tallies. Should Guy Carbonneau’s crew manage to surpass their Northeast Division rivals, it would mark the first time the Habs have led the NHL in scoring since back in 1979-80.
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Role reversal: After allowing more goals than they scored in each of the past two seasons, the Canadiens currently boast a +33 mark in that department in 2007-08. The Red Wings and Stars are the only two teams in the league with better goal differentials this season. Should the Habs end the season over +30, it would mark the first time Montreal did so since Jacques Demers’ squad scored 283 goals while allowing 248 in 1993-94.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com